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Monday, January 18, 2010

A Plan for Haiti

By anyone's measure, Haiti is only slightly worse off because of the earthquake than it was before. The place is a festering sewer for breeding newer and deadlier viruses, it's the "heart of darkness", it's a cruel despotic state where the rule of law has completely failed. And then the earthquake hit and the world is taking a look at this Francophone paradise asking itself, "WHAT can be done?"

I have a few serious suggestions:

Since it is a French-speaking country, it's more effective if the French take ownership of the place and the US, suspend the Monroe Doctrine in this one case. The French can send a mixed force of infantry, light armor and, of course, the Foreign Legion to bring things to heel. French companies can set up businesses there on the tropical paradise and employ the people living there. The French should set up a government in interim for the next decade until the Haitians are ready to hold free and fair elections. (it might take longer than a decade but we can start there)

Long term, the French Foreign Legion can serve as the police and military force for the Island. It will employ mercenaries from around the world, will serve French interests and will bring Haitian organized crime down. Tourism will return, business will return and the place might just turn around given many years to do so. (Legio Patria Nostra)

7 comments:

  1. I support the motion. Mercenary (sorry, PMC) support is a much underrated tactical option, but of course way too sensitive for some politicans to contemplate.

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  2. Where have all the millions gone we sent there over the years? Are the expecting us to rebuilt the island now so our leader can pat himself on the back how good he is? I like your suggestions about the French.

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  3. Good idea LL, I posted a link to this in a comment I left on Track-a-Crat's blog who pounced the French for complaining to U.S. authorities about having France based (Medecins Sans Frontiers/Doctors Without Borders) relief flights diverted to the Dom.Rep. for landing. The aircraft were carrying inflatable hospitals that will have to be trucked in from Samana in the D.R.(just about as far as one can get from Port au Prince on the shared island).

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  4. If the French are going to whine, let them get to work fixing this country.

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  5. Given that the Haitians main claim to fame is that they were the first country created by kicking out their French colonial masters, ans slave masters at that; the people of Haiti might have issues with France taking temporary control.
    However, as someone pointed out, having multiple countries running things does not seem to work very well so perhaps a more neutral country with a non-colonial history might be chosen to adminster a UN Protectorate, Brazil perhaps?

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  6. Old saying; How can you tell if the plane standing on the runway is French? .....You can still hear the whining after the engines have been shut down.

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